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Por. It must not be. There is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established : 'Twill be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, uy the same example, Will rush into the state: it cannot be. Shy. (In ecstasy.] A Daniel come to judgment ! yea,

a Daniel ! Oh, wise young judge, how do I honour thee! Por. I pray you, let me look


the bond. Shy. Here 'tis, most reverend doctor, here it is.

[Gives it. Por. Shylock, there's thrice thy money offered thee.

Shy. An oath, an oath! I have an oath in heaven!
Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
No, not for Venice.

Por. Why, this bond is forfeit;
And lawfully by this the Jew may claim
A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off
Nearest the merchant's heart.-Be merciful;
Take thrice thy money; bid me tear the bond.

Shy. When it is paid according to the tenor.-
It doth appear, you are a worthy judge;
You know the law, your exposition
Hath heen most sound: I charge you by the law,
Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar,
Proceed to judgment. By my soul, I swear,
There is no power in the tongue of man
To alter me.

I stay here on my bond.
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court
To give the judgment.

Por. Why, then, thus it is.
You must prepare your bosom for his knife;-

Shy. Oh, noble judge! Oh, excellent young man !

Por. For the intent and purpose of the law
Hath full relation to the penalty,
Which here appeareth due upon the bond.

Shy. 'Tis very true. Oh, wise and upright judge! How much more elder art thou than thy looks!

Por. Therefore, lay bare your bosom.

Shy. Ay, his breast :
So says the bond ;-Doth it not, noble judge !
Nearest his heart; those are the very words.

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Por. It is so. Are there balance here, so weigh The flesh?

Shy. I have them ready.

Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your chargo, To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.

Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?

Por. It is not so expressed; but what of that? 'Twere good you do so much for charity.

Shy. I cannot find it: 'tis not in the bond.
Por. Come, merchant, have you anything to say?

Ant. But little : I am armed, and well prepared.-
Give me your hand, Bassanio : fare you well!
Grieve not that I am fallen to this for

For herein fortune shows herself more kind
Than is her custom: it is still her use,
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow,

: from which lingering penance
Of such a misery doth she cut me off.
Commend me to your honourable wife :
Tell her the process of Antonio's end,
Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death;
And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge,
Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
Repent not you that you shall lose your friend,
And he repents not that he pays your debt;
For, if the Jew do cut but deep enough,
I'll pay it instantly with all my heart.

Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife
Which is as dear to me as life itself;
But life itself, my wife and all the world,
Are not with me esteemed above thy life:
I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all
Here to this devil, to deliver you.

Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love;
I would she were in heaven, so she could
Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.
Shy. These be the Christian husbands! I have a daugh.

Would any of the stock of Barabbas
Had been her husband, rather than a Christian! [Aside.
We trifle time: I pray thee, pursue sentence.

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Por. A pound of that same merchant's Aesh is thice; The court awards it, and the law doth give it.

Shy. Most rightful judge!

Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast; The law allows it, and the court awards it. Shy. Most learnéd judge !--A sentence! coine, pre

pare. Por. Tarry a little :—there is something else.This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood : The words expressly are, a pound of flesh; Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh : But, in the cutting of it, if thou dost shed One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate Unto the State of Venice. Gra. (R.) Oh, upright judge !-Mark, Jew:-a learnéd

judge! Shy. Is that the law ?

Por. Thyself shall see the act:
For, as thou urgest justice, be assured
Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir’st.
Gra. Oh, learnéd judge !—Mark, Jew ;--a learnód

Shy. I take this offer, then ;-pay the bond thrice,
And let the Christian go.
Bass. Here is the

Por. Soft :
The Jew shall have all justice !-soft!--no haste;-
He shall have nothing but the penalty.

Gra. Oh, Jew! an upright judge, a learnéd judge !
Por. Therefore, prepare thee to cut off the flesh.
Shed thou no blood ; nor cut thou less nor more,
But just a pound of flesh: if thou takist more
Or less than a just pound,—be it but so much
As makes it light or heavy in the substance,
Or the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple ! nay, if the scale do turn
But in the estimation of a hair,-
Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.

Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew ! Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip.

Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forfeiture.

Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go.
Bass. I have it ready for thee: here it is.

Por. He hath refused it in the open court;
He shal have merely justice, and his bond.

Gra. A Daniel, still say I! a second Dauie !I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.

Shy. Shall I not barely have my principal ?

Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.

Shy. Why, then, the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question.

(Going, R. Por. Tarry, Jew; The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If it be proved against an alien, That by direct or indirect attempts He seek the life of any citizen, The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive, Shall seize on half his goods: the other half Comes to the privy coffer of the state ; And the offender's life lies in the mercy Of the Duke only, 'gainst all other voice. In which predicament, I say, thou stand’st : For it appears by manifest proceeding, That indirectly, and directly too, Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurred The danger formerly by me rehearsed. Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke.

Gra. Beg that thou may'st have leave to hang thyself: And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, Thou hast not left the value of a cord; Therefore, thou must be hanged at the state's charge.

Duke. That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit, I pardor thee thy life before thou ask it: For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's; The other half comes to the general state, Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.

Por. Ay, for the state ; not for Antonio.

Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that: You take my house, when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house : you take my life, When

you do take the means whereby I live.

Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio ?
Gra. A halter gratis ; nothing else, for Heaven's sake.

Ant. So please my lord the Duke, and all the court,
To quit the fine for one half of his goods,
I am content, so he will let me have
The other half in use,—to render it,
Upon his death, unto the gentleman
That lately stole his daughter:
Two things provided more-that, for this favour,
He presently become a Christian;
The other, that he do record a gift,
Here in the court, of all he dies possessed,
Unto his son Lorenzo, and his daughter.

Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
The pardon that I late pronounced here.

Por. Art thou contented, Jew? What dost thou say?
Shy. I am content.
Por. Clerk, draw a deed of gift.

Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence;
I am not well; send the deed after me,
And I will sigu it.

Duke. Get thee gone, but do it. [Shylock crosses, R.
Gra. (L.) In christening thou shalt have two godfa-

Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more,
To bring thee to the gallows, not the font. [Exit Shy., R.
Duke. (To Por.) Sir, I entreat you home with me to

Por. 1 humbly do desire your grace of pardon ;
I must away this night toward Padua,
And it is meet I presently set forth.

Duke. I am sorry that your leisure serves you not.
Antonio, gratify this gentleman,
For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.

Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train, L. U. E.
Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend
Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted
Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof,
Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew,
We freely cope your courteous pains withal.

Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.

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